What We Like
Three colorful options
What We Don't Like
Small lid opening
We recently tested the Circulon 2-Quart Circles Teakettle to see if it lives up to these expectations. We heated water in the popular kettle and washed it to evaluate how easy it is to use, clean, and heat. In a sea of plain stainless steel kettles, this bright option certainly stands out aesthetically, but can it compete when it comes to functionality? Keep reading to find out.
Design and Size: Fun and colorful
Holding just 6 cups of water, the Circulon 2-Quart Circles Teakettle is ideal for a smaller household or office. Since we were testing a few different kettles at one time, we noticed that this particular model heated our water especially quickly and efficiently, typically taking just a few minutes. The 5.5-inch base fit perfectly on our smallest stovetop burner, but the kettle can be used on an induction burner, too. It comes in three bold hues: Capri Turquoise, Kiwi Green, and Mandarin Orange. We chose Capri Turquoise and feel like it added a fun burst of color to our kitchen.
The high position of the spout makes it harder to pour water when the kettle is nearing empty.
This kettle isn’t without flaws, however. We found that the high position of the spout makes it harder to pour water when the kettle is nearing empty. We had to tilt the pot so far to get the water out that we feared it may leak from the lid. Likewise, the thick rim around the edge of the spout made it challenging to cleanly pour water. When pouring, we noticed water dribbling down the side of the kettle at times.
Material: Sleek and sturdy
The Circulon 2-Quart Circles Teakettle is made with heavy-gauge steel and has a stainless steel lid. Steel is commonly used to make tea kettles because of how evenly and rapidly it transfers heat from the stovetop to the water. Glass or porcelain may be considered more traditional, but today, kettles are increasingly made from this type of heat-conducting metal. The body of this kettle and its lid are both coated in a shiny, brightly colored enamel that helps the steel resist staining and rusting.
To protect hands from heat, Circulon uses phenolic resin—a synthetic material also called Bakelite—for the handle. We notice that this material didn’t heat up like the metal, which allowed us to hold the kettle without a bulky glove or potholder. Resin is also used on the tab for the spout cover. While holding the kettle, we were able to use a forefinger to push the tab down and pop open the spout for easier pouring. The tab is set back on the handle, so we didn’t have to put our hands near the steam.
Heating Capacity: Quick to boil
The kettle’s heavy-gauge steel body conducts heat rapidly, which, in turn, heats up the water quickly. When the water is boiling, the steam escaping from the spout lid produces a low-pitched whistle that we thought was a bit hard to hear unless the boil was really strong. Plus, when the kettle was too full, the whistle barely sounded at all.
This kettle heated our water especially quickly and efficiently, typically taking just a few minutes.
Cleaning: You’ll need a special tool
The lid opening on this Circulon kettle is quite small, and we weren’t able to get our hand inside to wash the interior. Instead, we used a wand with bristles or a sponge. For the spout, a cloth or small sponge did the trick.
Price: An affordable option
Circulon cookware is known for its bold design and inexpensive price points, and this kettle is no exception. While less expensive options are available, you may not find the high-quality steel construction at a better price. Plus, Circulon also offers a no-hassle warranty if you don’t like the kettle for any reason.
Competition: More colorful than other models
T-fal Stainless Steel Whistling Coffee and Tea Kettle: The cost of these kettles differs by only a few dollars, so you have to consider capacity and construction to figure out which is best for you. The Circulon kettle holds about 6 cups of water, while the T-fal kettle can heat up 3 quarts. The Circulon kettle is made of high-gauge steel, and the T-fal kettle uses a thinner stainless steel. Both heat rapidly and have squeeze-to-open triggers.
OXO Brew Classic Tea Kettle: The major difference between these two products is appearance. The Circulon kettles comes in a variety of colors, and the OXO kettle is only available in stainless steel. The Circulon’s rounded design is more modern with an almost pop-art appeal, while the OXO kettle resembles a more traditional tea kettle. However, their capacities are similar, and they both heat water rapidly.
Consider your kettle needs before purchasing.
The Circulon 2-Quart Circles Teakettle is inexpensive, compact, and cute. However, it may be too small or difficult to clean for frequent kettle users. If you’re looking for an aesthetically pleasing product to place on your stove and use every now and then, go for it—but more regular tea drinkers may want to shop around for an option with fewer design flaws.
- Product Name 2-Quart Circles Teakettle
- Product Brand Circulon
- SKU 9683127
- Price $29.95
- Weight 3.81 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 8.3 x 8.5 x 10.9 in.
- Color Capri Turquoise, Kiwi Green, and Mandarin Orange
- Material Enamel-coated steel and Bakelite resin
- Warranty Lifetime guarantee